Prior to delving deeper into the concept of change management, it is important to understand what it is in the first place. It is basically a systematic, organized, and structured approach wherein a strategy is adopted (while working on a project or assignment) that is done so with the benefit of the organization in mind.
In other words, it is an effort to convince the stakeholders in a company to agree to the changes that will be introduced in the company in future for the betterment of the organization or in the current project that is being handled.
Next, let us see why it is important and crucial for a business and how effective it can be for the entrepreneur. An example of a project and how to apply change management can be better understood with a classical instance. Let us say, you receive a bulk order from your client, a kind of order that you have never received before. If you do not apply change management, you will perhaps lose out on the opportunity and as a result your client will return unhappy. But if you can live up to the challenge and adopt necessary measures to fulfill the assignment well within time by applying the principles of change management, you will be able to deliver the assignment to your client.
Benefits of change management
One of the most prominent of effects of introducing change management as a discipline and change management training to your team is increasing the rate of success. Study revealed that when the process of change management was applied on ongoing projects, the projects that embraced the new strategy attained better success as compared to the ones that did not pay heed to the strategies and principles of change management.
As understood from the above example, if you are able to apply the principles of change management, you will enjoy a competitive edge over your rivals or competitors. This is because if you would not have applied change management, you would have lost out on the client. And as a result, your client would have approached your competitor.
If you have applied change management already and you face any kind of resistance or hindrance in your projects, you will be able to identify these resistances better and address the problems promptly.
It also improves your confidence as you are well aware that regardless of any kind of situation, your team will be able to tackle the problem by applying the principles of change management effectively. And increase in confidence essentially means that you are already ahead of the others mentally. And mental confidence can take you a long way.
Important features of change management
The essential features of change management are as follows:
- Your team members should be aware of the importance of change management
- Every team member should be involved and well informed about the approach
- There should be transparency in the management decision and how it delegates the work to the team members.
- The views and opinions of all team members have to be taken into account and paid heed to in order to bring about the change.